Swimming in the Dark

Tomasz Jedrowski (Author)
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$26.99  $24.83
William Morrow & Company
Publish Date
April 28, 2020
5.7 X 8.6 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Tomasz Jedrowski is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Universitรฉ de Paris. Born in Germany to Polish parents, he has lived in several countries, including Poland, and currently resides outside Paris. This is his first novel.


"A stupendous read: I could not put the book down. I urge you to order this book now. Its eloquence, its understanding of identity, belonging, loneliness and love is second to none. Powerful and uplifting."--Michael Cashman, co-founder of Stonewall and author of One of Them
"An affecting and unusual romance, with a political undercurrent . . . . Jedrowski writes elegantly and evokes the emotional honesty that the lovers first thrive in, and then the grimly repressive machinery of the [Polish United Workers' Party]."--The Guardian
"[A] devastating debut novel . . . Worker revolts and brutal government crackdown form the backdrop to Ludwik's search for love and possibility while living in fear of being discovered. Jedrowski's prose captures the strain of such desires, alongside heady moments of freedom."--Interview Magazine
"Jedrowski has woven a brilliant tale about two people in love who are torn apart by a political divide and a difference in values. . . . A tender, sad, and moving love story . . . full of suspenseful intrigue, conflict, and passion."--The Gay & Lesbian Review
"A remarkable, beautiful tale . . . [that] is consonant with many of the traditions of gay fiction, yet is also utterly new and entirely credible . . . This book radiates sensuality, humour, and human truths . . . The reader is left wanting more. You won't want to miss it."--Literary Review (UK)
"This is a lyrical exploration of the conflict between gay love and political conformity. Jedrowski is an authentic new international star."--Edmund White, award-winning author of Our Young Man
"Marvelous, precise, poignant writing; the reader is happy to be overwhelmed. The highest talent at work."--Sebastian Barry, award-winning author of Days Without End
"Dazzling . . . Readers will relish the indelible prose, which approaches the mastery of Alan Hollinghurst."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"One of the most astonishing contemporary gay novels we have ever read. Swimming in the Dark is extraordinarily beautiful . . . Erotic, mesmeric, heart-rending and brutal, this is a masterpiece."--Attitude magazine (UK)
"Swimming in the Dark is bound to become a queer literary classic, and its rather sweeping political dimension breaks new ground in the genre."--The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)